SON OF GOD PRODUCERS ROMA DOWNEY AND MARK BURNETT TO HEADLINE LIVE ONLINE EVENT VIA GOOGLE+ HANGOUTS
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 9 pm EST (6 pm PST)
JUST DAYS AFTER NATIONWIDE RELEASE
OF MAJOR MOTION PICTURE EPIC AMAZES HOLLYWOOD WITH $26.5M BOX OFFICE
SPECIAL GUESTS TO INCLUDE DIOGO MORGADO, Eduardo Verástegui and jefferson bethke, HOSTED BY KATHIE LEE GIFFORD
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LOS ANGELES, CA (March 4, 2014) Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, the husband-and-wife production team behind SON OF GOD, one of the spring’s most buzzed-about feature films, will take social media by storm Wednesday, March 5, during a live online event using Google+ Hangouts.
“Bringing SON OF GOD To The Big Screen,” to be hosted on the SON OF GOD Google+ account (http://bit.ly/SOGhangout) and streamed live on SON OF GOD YouTube channel (http://bit.ly/SOGHangout), will begin at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST) on Wednesday, March 5. Fans will be able to post questions in the hangout (using #SonofGod) for Downey and Burnett and special guests about the film – the first major studio release to dramatize Jesus’ entire ministry on earth in more than 60 years.
“SON OF GOD is a Jesus film for a new generation – and there’s no better way to talk about it with today’s generation than through social media,” Downey and Burnett said.
The online hangout will be hosted by Kathie Lee (Today) and feature special guests: Diogo Morgado (Jesus), Eduardo Verástegui (BELLA, the voice of Jesus in the Spanish-language version of SON OF GOD) and Jefferson Bethke (author of Jesus>Religion and popular Youtube video “Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus” with over 25 million views online).
Told with the scope and scale of an action epic, SON OF GOD features powerful performances, exotic locales, dazzling visual effects and a rich orchestral score from Oscar®-winner Hans Zimmer. Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado beautifully portrays the role of Jesus as the film spans from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection. This movie has been able to bring leaders together with support from across all denominations. Downey and Burnett, who produced the film under the banner of their company Lightworkers Media, focused from the very beginning on creating an experience that would be shared by all.
Buzz has been building for weeks around the film, which opened in theaters nationwide February 28 with 26.5 million gross for the weekend, beating all anticipated box-office predictions. Media all across the country have been documenting grassroots movement that has brought together churches, businesses and individuals who are taking have taken over entire theaters – every seat, every screen – to share the film with their communities. Such well-known pastors as Rick Warren, Joel Osteen and John Hagee have spearheaded the effort, which has also been supported by Robert Herjavec and Lori Grenier, two of the stars of Burnett’s hit ABC TV series SHARK TANK.
“I’ve seen most of the films about Jesus produced in the past 50 years, and Son of God is the best,” Warren said. “We’re excited Jesus is back on the big screen, and we’re going to fill the theaters. I want every other faith leader in America to do the same. Whether you can buy out a whole theater, or just one screen, now is the time to show up.”
Downey and Burnett said they are “absolutely overwhelmed” by the support their film has received.
“The opportunity to see the epic story of Jesus in an epic movie-theater setting – in community with others – has created a level of excited anticipation we haven’t seen with any other project we’ve been involved in.”
Fans can share some of that excitement with the couple and their special guests during Tuesday’s live online hangout by asking questions now or live during the event by logging into the hangout and using the Q&A app or by sharing information about it in social media using the hashtag #SonofGod. In fact, they can do more than just join the hangout – they can help host it themselves on their organizational and personal websites by using the following embed code:
ABOUT 20CENTURY FOX
One of the world¹s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, 20th Century Fox produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world. These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units of 20TH Century Fox Film: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox International Productions, and Twentieth Century Fox Animation.
ABOUT LIGHTWORKERS MEDIA
Celebrated Emmy-nominated actress and producer Roma Downey and her award winning husband producer Mark Burnett launched LightWorkers Media in 2011 with the children’s DVD and book series LITTLE ANGELS and its companion LITTLE ANGELS STORYBOOK BIBLE. LightWorkers Media produced the ten-hour hit miniseries THE BIBLE which was seen in the USA by 100 million people, was one of the fastest selling TV-to-Disc titles ever and was nominated for three Emmy awards.Additionally they are producing the series A.D., a sequel to THE BIBLE series for NBC and they acquired Alice Hoffman’s award winning novel THE DOVEKEEPERS which they are producing as a 4 hour mini series for CBS. In addition Roma and Mark have coauthored several books published by Faithwords. They are ambassadors for two children’s organizations Operation Smile and Compassion. LightWorkers Media is dedicated to shining a light and bringing uplifting content to people of all ages.